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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace

| By the Village of Taynuilt Off the A85, Taynuilt PA35 1JQ, Scotland
+44 1866 822432
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Founded in 1753 by Cumbrian iron masters attracted by the industrial potential of Argyll’s woodlands, Bonawe Iron Furnace is situated in a spectacular setting at the head of Loch Etive which extends up towards the dramatic Glen Coe. At its height the furnace produced up to 700 tons of pig iron from Cumbrian ore annually which was cast into everything from cannonballs during the Napoleonic War to iron pigs for export and even the first monument erected to Admiral Nelson after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The exhibition charts the history of the iron furnace, and the chemistry of iron making. Cannonballs and iron pigs cast at the furnace are displayed, together with the Nelson plaque.
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| By the Village of Taynuilt Off the A85, Taynuilt PA35 1JQ, Scotland
+44 1866 822432
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very interesting place, plenty of informative photographs and the history of the place well explained. It is a bit uphill in places. We are both in our 70's and managed OK but it isn't a place to visit if you struggle to...More

Thank Val G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have to say I was very surprised how good this place was. Totally steeped in local history and the way it was all set up for the local terrain to be used to its fullest. The engineering and know how to use the furnaces was...More

Thank humptydumpty64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A "must see" when interested in the history of Scotland. Though hidden worth the searching as our GPS was leading us to the upper, non public entrance. Super quiet with no other tourists around feeling like set back in time when walking thru the premises.

Thank DrPeter S
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

It's an interesting and informative stop to get an idea how iron was mass produced with very primitively setup in early industrialization era!

Thank kingmajid
Reviewed 7 August 2017

This was of interest to me, industrial history, but even people not to interested will be able to find something. Good for a wet day.

Thank douglasyoung206
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Fascinating insight into our industrial past. Take your time and investigate all the buildings. Its informative, interesting and good fun!

Thank Rittmr
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This is a very well preserved site with a good explanation of how things operated and why it is there the Steward was very good at explaining things that were not obvious. A nice walk to the River along the Lade but stout shoes advisable.

1  Thank Peter H
Reviewed 1 June 2017

We were visiting the area and looked this one up. What a surprise. It takes a bit of finding, it is down a long narrow road. The place (given that it is a ruin) is well kept. The interpretation boards ensure that you get your...More

Thank Ian P
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Beautiful quiet spot, ideal for a picnic and letting the kids run around. Stunning views, particularly up to Ben Cruachan above.

1  Thank Ian R
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is quite remote and includes driving on narrow one lane dirt roads dodging cows. There is a small visitor center but not much else. The tour itself is very well laid out so you follow a circular route around the grounds. Many of the...More

Thank 2CAtravelers
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Fred M
13 November 2016|
Response from Romantic_11 | Reviewed this property |
Fred, When we visited there was a sign on the door saying no-one on site on that day, however the site was open and we walked around and saw everything. The locked items were not majorly important and did not detract from... More